Greater Wellington Regional Council
Graeme has a degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) graduating in 1981. He has 40 years experience, principally in the field of Floodplain Management Planning, Flood Risk Management and River Engineering.
Graeme has worked in Gisborne, including a range of river engineering and hydraulic modelling projects, as well as a number of projects relating to the recovery from Cyclone Bola. He has also spent a period of time overseas working as a consultant in England, before returning to New Zealand and continuing work here, as a consultant. His work has included a range of natural hazard related projects in New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and Asia.
From 2006 to 2023 Graeme has been the Manager of the Flood Protection Department, Wellington Regional Council (including both the Wairarapa and Wellington Flood Protection staff). His experience in the field of river and floodplain hydraulics has included extensive studies of computer modelling of flood extents, river characteristics, sedimentation, channel management, risk and damage assessment, planning and project management. He has personally undertaken design and investigation work on rivers and floodplains in Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay, East Coast, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington and the Kapiti Coast.
In his role as manager Graeme has been responsible for the development of the Riverlink project in Te Awa Kairangi since its inception in 2013. Riverlink is the largest urban flood resilience project in the country being undertaken in partnership with Hutt City Council, Whaka Kotahi, Tarankai Whanui and Ngati Toa.